RIP Mrs Feathers

RIP Mrs Feathers

Some very sad news to report. Mrs Feathers, one of our original chickens who we raised from a chick, passed away quietly and unexpectedly on Saturday. Now reunited with Mr Feathers. Mrs Feathers had an illustrious career as an egg layer and chicken blogger, and was by far the best photo bomber in the flock……
One Chicken’s Blog at Cabelo in Limes Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8QZ
Chick in One Chicken’s Blog at Cabelo in Limes Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8QZ
Note: The trouble with chickens is that they hide their illnesses to such an extent that by the time you notice they are ill, they are inevitably dying. There are two reasons for this. The first is that chickens are prey and therefore instinctually try not to show weakness because they will be the first to be picked off by any predator (even though they are safe in Jurassic Park). And secondly, they don’t want the rest of the flock to be aware that they are sick because for the same reason, sick chickens attract predators and potentially that puts the whole flock at risk – hence the flock will often attack the sick chicken and see it off.
Next time – eggs is eggs (delayed due to the passing of Mrs Feathers)
What are these?

What are these?

So, Mrs Tweedy has taken all the little pekins up to the salon to live. She says every beautiful garden needs a few chickens to make it perfect. And who am I to disagree? Anyhow, it’s clear from the photos she bought back with her today that these girls haven’t got a clue about horticulture. They’re marigolds you idiots!
Next time – RIP Mrs Feathers
Mr Pabs

Mr Pabs

Mr Pabs is the proverbial Marmite dog (griffin/yorkie/schnauzer mix mongrel). Whilst strangers are fending off the German Shepherd with a rolled up copy of the People’s Friend, the grinning furball likes to approach silently from the rear…. Read Mr Pabs’ story of his rescue from a Spanish Kill Shelter in a future blog.

Mr Pabs in One Chicken’s Blog at Cabelo in Limes Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8QZ
Mr Pabs in One Chicken’s Blog at Cabelo in Limes Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8QZ

 

From Spanish Gentleman of the Road to honey-coloured Cutie.   

Next Time: A lesson in horticulture

Coco

Coco

Coco the schnocker (schnauzer/cocker mix mongrel and part-time chicken impersonator) sleeps with a picture of Nuno under her pillow. She continually complains about the fact she’s the only Wolves supporter in the house without a season ticket. Actually, she’s the only Wolves supporter in the house who has eaten a season ticket.

Coco in One Chicken’s Blog at Cabelo in Limes Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8QZ
Coco in One Chicken’s Blog at Cabelo in Limes Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8QZ

 

Coco rounding up the flock. And then looking seriously cute…. or seriously guilty!

Next Time: Mr Pabs

Max

Max

Max, the impossibly handsome German Shepherd rescue, is down in the dumps today after only reaching eighth in the 100 best dogs programme last night. He beat the mongrels by two places, but refused to watch the end of the show and sat on the controller to make sure no one else could either.

GSD and chick in One Chicken’s Blog at Cabelo in Limes Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8QZ
Max the German Shepherd in One Chicken’s Blog at Cabelo in Limes Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8QZ

 

Max babysitting a Black Copper Maran chick, now a nice dark brown egg layer. And then cooling off in the long grass on the Green, summer 2018.

Next Time: Coco

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

Firstly, I should let you know I’ve decided to call Debbie Mrs Tweedy in homage to my favourite film Chicken Run. And yes, we really do knit our own underwear in case you were wondering. She doesn’t really like her new name but since she accidentally gave me full editorial rights, what’ya gonna do? Anyway, Jurassic Park was once an overgrown wilderness at the top of the garden, where an area had been cleared to put up a large storage shed for junk which had built up in the garage. Mrs Tweedy told me the garage  door broke soon after that, and the guy who came to fix it was quite taken aback when he got the door working to find an actual car in it. Apparently, this hardly ever happens. Anyway, when Shelly, Layla and Eggs Benedict came along a little coop was erected. Then when me and the old man came along another coop was attached to that coop. And then as our numbers increased so more and more areas were fenced off and cleared, covered aviaries erected and paths put in. And then finally the storage shed was converted into a large roosting shed and another shed was built to house all their junk. Mr Tweedy jokes that he has spent so much money on us over the years that our eggs are probably worth more than gold. But we lead happy stress-free lives, eat good food and are smug enough to know there is nothing finer to eat than one of our eggs. Turning my back to the camera at this point was probably not my wisest decision but in my defence I didn’t realise that whilst I was busy searching for scratch, Private Nugget had made off with my knitted underwear.
One Chicken’s Blog at Cabelo in Limes Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8QZ
Shelly in One Chicken’s Blog at Cabelo in Limes Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, Wn
Above you can see Shelly sitting on Mr Tweedy’s work gloves searching for a 1¾ inch crosshead screw to repair one of the coops. She does have the appropriate knitted safety wear (as shown) but claims she literally can’t see anything with her hard hat on. Next Time: The dogs take centre stage.